495 Martinis & More
Vodka Martini Dirty Vodka Martini Gibson Vodka Martini Vesper Martini Espresso Martini In and Out Vodka Martini Smoky Vodka Martini Pornstar Martini Tomato Vodka Martini Appletini Sake Martini
The Vodka Martini cocktail was first mentioned in 1951 Bottoms Up cocktail book by Ted Saucier. However, it was Ian Fleming’s character James Bond and his famous fondness for “shaken not stirred” Martinis that brought the drink its worldwide acclaim.
Dirty Vodka Martini
It was in 1901 when New York bartender John O'Connor inspired by the classic Martini's famous olive garnish decided to muddle the olive into the drink. At a later stage, the recipe evolved to include a splash of olive brine.
Gibson Vodka Martini
The rumor has it that it was in 1890s that Walter Gibson – a businessman from San Francisco – started adding onions into his drinks, believing it prevented colds.
Original recipe of this Dry Martini variation appears in Ian Fleming’s 1953 James Bond novel Casino Royale. Named after fictional Bond girl Vesper Lynd the drink is also featured in James Bond movie series Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008).
The story has it that it was in London’s Soho Brasserie in 1983 that a young future supermodel approached the future bartender legend Dick Bradsell, asking for a drink that would “wake me up and then f*** me up”… And the Espresso Martini was born.
In and Out Vodka Martini
A perfect choice for drinkers who love a bone-dry Vodka Martini. And yes, the U.S. President Richard Nixon is rumored to have preferred his Martini made this way after a busy day in the Oval Office.
Smoky Vodka Martini
The idea of mixing a Scotch into a Martini seems quite predictable and it comes with no surprise that Smoky Martini emerged somewhere in 1990s on the back of cocktail revival, growing Scotch trend and interest for smoky whisky from Scotland’s island of Islay in particular. Slanj!
The cocktail created in 2002 by Douglas Ankrah at The Townhouse Bar in London’s Knightsbridge has quickly gained popularity across the globe, becoming a true modern classic.
Tomato Vodka Martini
A winning combination of 495 Russian Vodka, tomato water and dry vermouth. Simple. refreshing and enjoyable any time of day.
Originally named Adam's Apple Martini after a bartender who created the drink, Appletini was first mixed in 1996 by Adam Karsten in Lola’s restaurant in West Hollywood, California.
The story has it that sake was first mixed in a Martini by Japanese Chef Matsuda San visiting the 1964 New York World’s Fair. However, it was not until 1990s that the drink gained real popularity on the back of Japanese gastronomy trend.
Bloody Mary Moscow Mule Screwdriver White Russian Black Russian Cosmopolitan Salty dog Harvey Wallbanger Cape Codder
French bartender Fernand Petiot claimed to have invented the Bloody Mary back in 1921 in the famed New York Bar in Paris and which later became known as Harry's New York Bar – iconic hangout spot frequented by American expatriates and international socialites like Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart, Aly Khan, Coco Chanel, Prince Serge Obolensky and many others.
It was in early 1940s in New York City’s Chatham Hotel bar that two friends – John Martin (distributor of Smirnoff vodka) and Jack Morgan (owner of Cock’n’Bull Saloon Ginger Beer) decided to mix their products in a drink, giving birth to one of the iconic cocktails of the 20th century.
The story has it that Screwdriver originated in late 1940’s in Iran where American oil engineers stationed in the desert were discreetly adding vodka to their orange juice to cool off during work shifts and stirring it with nearest thing at hand – usually a screwdriver attached to their tool belts…
White Russian Cocktail was first mentioned in Boston Globe newspaper on March 21, 1965 in an advertisement for now defunct Coffee Southern liqueur brand which quoted a recipe of “...1 oz. each Southern, vodka, cream". The White Russian gained further popularity after 1998 when it was featured in Hollywood’s movie The Big Lebowski as the drink of choice for the main protagonist - Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski.
The story has it that Black Russian cocktail was first mixed in Brussel’s Hotel Metropole by local bartender Gustave Tops for Mrs. Perle Mesta – American socialite, political hostess and US Ambassador to Luxembourg at the time. The Cold War just unleashing, so creating a dark mysterious cocktail with Russian vodka and coffee liqueur was pretty much relevant.
There are quite a few versions of Cosmopolitan cocktail creation, but the most recognized one credits it to Toby Cecchini – the bartender at The Odeon restaurant in Manhattan, New York in 1987. However, it was not until the airing of Sex in the City TV series in late 1990’s that the ‘Cosmo’ hit the pop culture icon status.
The Salty dog emerged as a twist on another cocktail classic – the Greyhound cocktail. The legend has it that it was American actor George Jessel in 1950s who decided to add a salt rim to the popular combination of vodka and grapefruit juice as a way to increase the palatability of the drink and to balance the bitterness of a grapefruit. In fact, the salt rim is the only difference between the Salty dog and the Greyhound.
It is rumored that back in 1960s Tom Harvey was a surfer at Manhattan Beach, California who liked adding some Galliano liqueur into his vodka Screwdrivers – the ingredients which make up the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail. Cruising from bar to bar after a day of surfing Harvey used to ‘park’ his surfboard by banging it against the bar wall – and that’s how this cocktail classic gained its name.
This cocktail classic is named after Cape Cod, Massachusetts – the fish-shaped peninsula where some of the first Europeans settled back in early 1600’s and where they found thickets of indigenous North American berry – the cranberry.
Moscow 80 The Chairman Brodsky Gorky Park Intourist Breakfast Red Arrow Tender May Moscow Lights Love & Dove 495 Rhubarb Fizz
With it complex and vivid combination of ingredients coming from different parts of the world including 495 Russian Vodka, lemon cordial, vermouth and cacao liqueur this cocktail pays tribute to Moscow’s bright 1980 Olympics games.
Our take on the classic El Presidente cocktail where Cuban rum gives way to Russian vodka. Just like history has seen Presidents giving way to Chairmen of State Councils…
Brodsky to the Russian poetry is just like a Bellini cocktail to Venice. No surprise that the two ‘have met’ on numerous occasions in Harry’s Bar in Brodsky’s beloved City of Canals. This twist on the classic Bellini reveals an unexpected fusion of peach and cucumber.
Sour cocktails fans will appreciate this signature serve combining crispy 495 Cucumber Vodka, avocado syrup and lemon juice. Fresh and silky – just like the air in Moscow’s famed Gorky Park after the summer rain.
A twist on Breakfast Martini, this deep cocktail with 495 Pomegranate Vodka pays homage to now defunct Intourist Hotel. A legendary place in 1970s Moscow boasted one of the city’s few ‘hard currency’ cocktail bars – accessible only to foreign tourists and undercover KGB officers…
It’s all about being ‘red’ and being ‘fast’! A zesty fusion of 495 Pomegranate Vodka and bloody orange cordial received its name after the famous ‘Red Arrow’ train. With its distinctive dark-red carriages it started cruising between Moscow and Leningrad (now Saint-Petersburg) in 1931 and was the first train in the Soviet Union to offer 1st class compartments and other extra amenities to the travelers.
Taking its name after the famous late 1980s Russian pop band, this take on the classic Russian Spring Punch cocktail combines sweet notes of 495 Aronia Vodka, lime cordial and raspberry liqueur with crispy freshness of dry sparkling wine.
This sweet enchanting mix of 495 Aronia Vodka, lemon cordial and rose flowers syrup bares its name from ‘Moscow Lights’ candies. Having first appeared on store shelves in Russia in 1960’s these iconic sweets in distinctive lilac-purple wrapper featuring on of the Moscow’s ‘Seven Sisters’ skyscrapers are still available nowadays.
Love & Dove
'Love and doves’ movie is a soviet romantic comedy by Oscar-winning director Vladimir Menshov shot at Mosfilm studio in Moscow in 1985. Love & Dove cocktail is a take on the classic Americano with sweet red vermouth and Italian bitter being complimented by 495 Rhubarb Vodka.
495 Rhubarb Fizz
Refreshing and tender this pink relative of the classic Ramos Gin Fizz combines 495 Rhubarb Vodka, cream, soda and freshly squeezed rhubarb juice.
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